What’s Your IMAGE?

Day 1: The Beginning of Creation*

Humarap ka sa salamin tapos sabihin mo, “Ang pogi mo!” (o kung babae ka, “Ang ganda mo!”).

Natawa ka ba? Familiar gesture ba o awkward? ‘Yung totoo? Aminin mo at least once in your life nagawa mo na ‘yan. (Baka awkward lang dahil may nagsabi sa’yo ngayon na gawin mo, haha!)

Medyo nakakalungkot lang yung moments na humaharap ka sa salamin na hindi mo gusto yung nakikita mo. Minsan mas naaalala mo yun kesa sa mga times na gusto mo yung nakikita mo. Why?

People usually talk about the “image” they project to others, yung side nila na pinapakita nila sa iba. Yung ibang side na ayaw nating makita ng iba, we keep to ourselves. Pwede kayang tawaging “the dark side” yun? People assume that everyone has that, mainly because they have that. (Kumbaga, yung mga taong nag-aassume na may dark secrets ka ay dahil meron sila nun.) The dark side is yung side na itinatago natin kasi alam nating pangit, but we keep it anyway because we are powerless to transform that side of ours. But are we happy to keep that dark side?

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Believing in Creation doesn’t just mean believing in God, it means you believe that YOU are CREATED by God. In His Image. That there’s goodness in you because He created you for that (Ephesians 2:10).

Sa kabilang banda, kung mas pinaniniwalaan mo ang evolution dahil may fossils (even though wala namang nakakita ng actual evolution) na kahit scholars hindi 100% sure kung maililink sa Homo sapiens, it means you believe that you are just a product of chance. Aksidente ka lang. Your idea of good and bad ay depende sa society o family mo. You will not become good unless you start learning what that is – by reason and education. Kaya may mga tao na naniniwala na kapag hindi ka “edukado” ay hindi ka basta makakagawa ng mabuti.

And do you think yung mga edukado na nasa politics at government ay mabuti?

The world gives us confusing and incoherent world views. Contradicting ideas na hindi napapansin minsan. Pero it boils down to that moment na nakaharap ka sa salamin.

What image do you have? Are you created by a good, loving and powerful God? Or are you a product of chance and accident?

Ano’ng image ang gusto mong meron ka?

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
~Genesis 1:27a

I believe you can create goodness, beauty, compassion, and loving relationships because you are created by a Good, Beautiful, Compassionate, and Loving God who wants to have a relationship with you!

Choose the image you want to carry for the rest of the year and I assure you that only an All-Powerful God can give you the power to destroy your dark side and bring everything in your life into a beautiful Light!

*Bible Readings: John 1:1-2; Psalm 90:2; Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:13-19; Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 45:18; Genesis 1:2-8; 2:5-6; Genesis 1:9-13; Genesis 1:14-26; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 5:1; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:18-25; Genesis 5:2; Genesis 3:20; Genesis 1:28-30; Genesis 1:31, 21; John 1:3; Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:11; Genesis 2:8-17; 1:27-28; Colossians 1:16-17

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IN-DEPTH VIEW OF THE SCRIPTURE PASSAGES

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The Pre-Existent Christ (John 1:1-2)
This verse is a parallel of the first verse of the first book of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 says how Creation happened. John 1:1 says who was at the beginning before Creation began. Kung Monotheist ka o naniniwala ka sa isang Diyos lang, this should confuse you. “The Word was with God” tapos “the Word was God”? Magkasama sila at pareho Silang God? There are 2 Gods?! But this would be a total contradiction to the Monotheistic culture in which and to which the Book of John was written. This shouldn’t make sense! Unless they could be both God and there is still just One God. If so, this is an exposition of the nature of the God who was there at the beginning before the Creation and who caused the Creation.

The Creation Declaration (Psalm 90:2)
This worship-psalm of Moses affirms the Truth that before the Creation of everything, there is already God. And His nature is eternal (from everlasting to everlasting). The universe cannot be formed out of nothing, because you cannot create something out of nothing. Hindi kusang gagalaw ang mga gulay at karne sa palengke para magsama-sama at maging sinigang na baboy o nilagang baka o tinolang manok. Una sa lahat, kung may ingredients ka, may something na. Pero kailangan ng magluluto. Kailangan ng Creator. And Moses was clear to point that to the eternal God. Only an eternal being can be there.  

The Origin of Creation (Genesis 1:1)
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” ‘Yun na! Self-explanatory!

Satan Cast Out of Heaven (Isaiah 14:12-17Ezekiel 28:13-19)
In Isaiah, the passages refer to “the king of Babylon” which, from context could be a prophetic reference to the coming conqueror that time who would attack Judah who was the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. The descriptions of the events in Isaiah 14 fits Nebuchadnezzar too! Yet the mention of “morning star” to refer to “the king of Babylon” can also be translated as “Day Star”. The original Hebrew word used was hêlêl (הֵילֵל) which means the morning star: — lucifer . Lucifer means “light-bearer” and is definitely the name of Satan. Why is Satan included in the beginning and during the Creation? Ezekiel 28:13 says Lucifer was there in Eden, in the garden of God. Although the context of Ezekiel 28 refers to the “King of Tyre”, the LORD speaks as though referring to being who was there in an event way before the time of Judah’s exile… way back to the time when Eden was just created. God through Ezekiel was speaking of a guardian cherub who was thrown to the earth, descriptions matching that of Lucifer. Could God be speaking of Satan who come in the form of the possessed King of Babylon and the King of Tyre? Search your heart and ask God what this means. But this exposes another truth about the Creation, that evil isn’t God’s creation. Evil was born when an ordained cherub’s heart became proud and wanted to be like God. Evil comes forth when we replace God in our hearts.

Judgment of Creation (Genesis 1:2a)
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep…”
Can you imagine this? Science would make it difficult for you to do so. For the scientists have their own theories that have populated our media. Yet God gives this picture to the author of Genesis. Imagine a dark and empty kitchen. How can it be brought to life?

Creation for Habitation (Isaiah 45:18)

A Bible scholar pointed out that the first 3 days of Creation was like a preparation of the canvas, and then from the 4th to 6th day God went back to each of those canvas and filled them one by one – the canvas on the 3rd day filled with the land animals and, eventually, of man. This is what probably what God through Isaiah said that He created the earth to be inhabited. The kitchen was not made to be empty. It was made so that food can be prepared and man can be served.

 

THE SIX DAYS OF CREATION (NOT 7)

1st and 2nd Days (Genesis 1:2b-8)
Light was God’s first creation. Day and night was first created. Darkness is not a creation, God only created light. And from its separation from darkness, day and night came to be. Then the sky which is the vault or space between the clouds and the seas. 

3rd Day (Genesis 2:5-6; Genesis 1:9-13)
Dry Ground or land was created, and then vegetation was produced when “streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.”

4th, 5th, & 6th Days (Genesis 1:14-26; Genesis 2:7)
The canvases were filled: lights were created in the sky to separate the day and night, the sky above was filled with birds and the waters below were filled with living creatures, and then the land animals and mankind on the last canvas.

Creation of Man in Detail (Genesis 5:1Genesis 1:27)
We are created in the likeness and image of God. And when it was added that we were created male and female, this does not mean that God is “male and female” but that we were created (1) for relationship, (2) with the ability to pro-create (3) in union with one another.

Creation of the Woman (Genesis 2:18-25)
Marriage was inherently instituted by God the moment He created mankind as male and female. This was explained in detail in Genesis 2 when it was retold that the woman was actually created to be a suitable helper for the man. Verse 24 specifies that the woman is meant to be the man’s wife and they are to “become one flesh”.

Names Given (Genesis 5:2Genesis 3:20)
We were named “Mankind” or ’âḏâm (אָדָם) in Hebrew when we were created by God. Then, “Adam named his wife Eve”. Why? “Because she would become the mother of all the living”, or so Adam declared. Note that this declaration or “naming” happened after the punishment for “The Fall”. Adam’s claim of authority over the woman by naming her is actually an act of rebellion to God.

Man’s Dominion Over Creation (Genesis 1:28-30)
Still, despite of “The Fall”, God did not remove the dominion he has given us over His creation. If you meditate on this verse, maiisip mo na may karapatan tayo na pumutol ng puno at kumain ng hayop. But dominion also includes stewardship or careful and intelligent use. But still, we can. When man’s laws call the “killing” of animals “inhuman”, you can tell it is a confusion of the original design of God in the Bible.

Creation Completed (Genesis 1:31Genesis 2:1John 1:3)
All of God’s creations was good and completed through Him. Do you believe you are good? Do you feel complete? God created you and He has and will complete you

Seventh Day Established (Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:11)
This is why we must remember that creation was only in 6 days, because the 7th day is for rest. Man was not created just to work, we were created to rest. You have that longing deep inside, to simply rest. And so we work, but still we must rest. As God modeled to us, because He doesn’t really need to rest. But He needed to show us how to rest. And that ultimately, we must rest in His Presence.

The Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8-17)
God has given us everything we need, as in the Garden of Eden. But how do we thank Him for His graciousness? Do we obey Him? Do we consider Him our Lord? May we not fall repeatedly into the same sin Adam and Eve has fallen into. God has even provided with an “Escape Plan” for us – the Cross of Christ. May we accept this gift with all our heart!

 

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